This gifted southpaw has been on the national selectors' radar ever since he was awarded the Man of the Tournament in the Under-19 World Cup in 2004. Since then, Shikhar Dhawan has maintained averages in excess of 40 in both first-class and List-A cricket, playing for his domestic side Delhi.
Batting at the crucial no.3 position, he felt almost at home when the IPL came about in 2008 - notching up 340 runs in 14 matches at an average of 38. In the 2009 season, Dhawan was traded to the Mumbai Indians in a direct swap for Ashish Nehra. Following the 2009 IPL season, Dhawan scored heaps of runs in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia and continued to rise through the ranks of promising young batsmen in the country.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 451 runs for Delhi in the 2009-10 Ranji season at an average of 75, and continued his purple patch with a fighting knock of 70 against the visiting South Africans in February. He also sparkled in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scoring two match-winning fifties in 5 games.
The 24-year old was one of the recipients of the Gavaskar-Border scholarship that facilitated his travel to Australia to receive coaching from some of the best at the Australian Cricket Academy.
First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (2004/05-2009/10)
Shikhar Dhawan Biography
Shikhar Dhawan (born 5 December, 1985 in Delhi) is an Indian first class cricketer who played in the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup where he was the leading run scorer, his total of 505 runs from seven innings is a record for a single U-19 World Cup. He made his runs at an average of 84.16 with three centuries and was named the Player of the Tournament.
His successful run continued when he made his Ranji debut for Delhi in 2004-05, finishing as the team's leading run-getter with 461 runs. He had been a consistent performer for his state side since, as his average of nearly 45 indicates. He played a pivotal role in his team's Ranji title win in 2007-08, scoring 570 runs in eight games.
He played for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and made 4 halfcenturies. He was also the third highest scorer of the Delhi Daredevils team. He wastraded to the Mumbai Indians in exchange for Ashish Nehra. He has played for the Mumbai Indians in the second and third season of the IPL. For the fourth season he was bought by the Deccan Chargers for $300,000.
Shikhar Dhawan made his ODI debut against Australia in Visakhapatnam in October 2010 after several senior players were rested. He opened the innings in the run-chase. He did not score from the first ball and was bowled off the next by Clint McKay.
Shikhar Dhawan made his T-20I debut against West Indies in June 2011 tour at Queen's Park Oval, under captaincy of Suresh Raina and opened along with debutante wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel in which he scored 5 of 11 deliveries faced before being caught behind to keeper Andre Fletcher of captain Darren Sammy.
In the 1st ODI of the tour, with India needing 215 to win, he scored a 51 of 76 balls (3 fours, 1 six) before being held at the deep-mid wicket by Lendl Simmons of leg-spinner Anthony Martin. It was his maiden ODI fifty.India eventually won the match by 4 wickets with 31 balls to spare with the help of Rohit Sharma's contribuation. In the 2nd ODI of the tour he scored 3 runs of 4 balls and in the 3rd ODI he scored 4 runs of 15 balls.
He in his younger days played in telefunken club of delhi under Madan Sharma.
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